Flashback to Echo Beach – Mike Moir’s photos of Newport Beach in the ’80s showcase a famously loud and colorful era of surfing

Working with him was great”. (From left to right) Dennis Langdale, Kwock, Geoff Madsen and Murray rock out during an impromptu air guitar session. “Murray was concerned that Danny would get too carried away and ding the boards,” Moir said. “For some of these guys the cameras have the same effect as the bugler sending the troops off to war,” Epperson wrote about the scene at Echo Beach in his 1980 Surfer Magazine article, “The Hottest 100 Yards,” in which this photo was published. “They charge into the water with the spirit of a militant conquerer, only one goal in mind, to do battle with their fellow surfers and capture a spot in the magazines.

Kwock went from stealing shorts out of the back of Quiksilver’s warehouse to having a successful career as an executive at the brand. “Cheyne Horan (left) had a heavy influence on the Echo Beach guys,” Moir said. “Murray is riding prone and Parker is the deepest.

And as seen by Moir’s work in this gallery, and some of these surfers’ accomplishments in the surf industry, the noise from Echo Beach continues to influence not just California surfing, but the world over, even 40 years later. “I was already an older guy when I started to shoot Echo Beach,” Moir told SURFER. “I was in my 30s and those guys were teenagers.

This was taken right before the final, which South Bay’s Chris Frohoff (red with back to camera) won. (Left to right) Murray, Horan, Kwock and J Riddle at Quiksilver’s Echo Beach Pro/Am. “The waves were really fun for the event, good 3- to 4-foot high performance small waves,” Moir said.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

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